PATERSON - Robert James (Bob) It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our loving Father, Son, Brother, Friend and Husband on June 21, 2014. Bob was born Jan 30, 1951 in Moose Jaw, Sk. He attended Prince Arthur Elementary and Peacock High School. After High School Bob and two buddies travelled throughout Europe for 6 months before he returned home to enlist in the Canadian Armed Forces. Bob completed basic training in Cornwallis and throughout his career was stationed in CFB Petawawa, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. He served one tour in Lebanon and two in Cyprus. Bob was a proud member of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and the Airborne Regiment. Upon retiring after 25 years, Bob settled in Courtney B.C. where he started his own construction business. Bob was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed skiing, curling, golf and poker. Bob's true passion was football. He was the offensive coach for local youth football teams for many years. Bob was always a faithful Sask. Roughrider fan. Bob will be deeply missed by Billy and Pam Paterson, Marjorie McMurray, Linda Paterson and Wendy Wiseman as well as numerous relatives and friends. Bob treasured the times he spent with family and friends and he willingly stepped up to lend a helping hand to anyone. Throughout his life Bob left a lasting impression on everyone he met with his sense of humor and genuine kindness. Bob was predeceased by his father James (Jim) Paterson, his grandparents William and Agnes Paterson, Reginal and Margaret Heal. A celebration of Bob's life was held on Sunday June 29th in Courtney. Bob's final resting place will be in Moose Jaw, Sask. If wishing donations to the BC SPCA would be appreciated.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from July 4 to July 5, 2014